Who We Are — Building bright futures by lifting children out of poverty
Children of Vietnam lifts children out of poverty by eliminating barriers to fulfilling their potential through wraparound services that focus on one child, one family, one community at a time.
As an organization, our vision is clear: a Vietnam in which all children flourish, reach their full potential, and contribute positively to society.
How We Started
Children of Vietnam (COV) began in 1998 with two friends, one from Vietnam and the other from America, who simply saw the needs of many children and decided to take action.
Ben Wilson and Luong Thi Huong rode a scooter through the streets of Da Nang and into the countryside, bringing aid to children and their families — food, shelter, medicine, and clothing — anything and everything a child might need. Brightening each child’s future remains our focus today.
Word of their life-changing scooter deliveries traveled fast through Da Nang, in central Vietnam. Families with children who needed help sought them out. Ben and Huong furiously worked on both sides of the ocean to meet the demand. From the beginning, Ben and Huong believed in creating partnerships with the communities, finding the greatest needs, delivering aid quickly, and working to provide the support that sustained growth. These principles continue to guide us in our daily operations.
23 years later, Ben continues as our President and lifetime Board Member, and Huong serves as our Country Director in Vietnam. And, while our staff and volunteers have grown, we continue to work to transform the lives of vulnerable children and brighten their futures.
Social Equity Statement
We affirm that Black lives matter. We acknowledge the suffering of Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latin, and other minority communities. We value equity, dignity, inclusion, and social justice because they are central to our mission of lifting children out of poverty. We pledge to continue to be guided by these values in everything we do.
Poverty does not just happen. It is not only a lack of income and resources. It consists of a lack of inclusive and equitable access to basic needs and opportunities to grow, develop, and follow dreams. Further, discrimination and inequality often coincide with poverty. Every child and adult regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, mental or physical abilities, or who they love deserves dignity.
We abhor the injustice inflicted, past and present, on the multitude of lives, including Black lives, caused by individual and systemic racism, discrimination, and exclusion.